Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social development (MGLSD) is charged with the primary responsibility of addressing gender inequality in both government and society, and promote the rights of women and children. The Uganda Gender Policy of 2007-17 serves as a guide for gender mainstreaming at all levels. The National Planning Authority (NPA) also has gender responsive indicators for monitoring performance in every sector of government. These recognize the justice, law and order sector as the “overarching enabler in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and abuse of women’s rights.” Therefore, one of the indicators the National Planning Authority evaluates the sector on is the “proportion of police stations with SGBV victim-friendly support units.” 

While laws (Domestic Violence Act, 2010) and structures (police family protection unit) exist, officials do not always take cases of domestic violence and early marriages seriously. Victims do not always report the crimes, police officers are often open to being bribed to make the cases go away and the resources available to investigate and address incidents are limited. Some CSOs, individual religious leaders, women’s groups, among others, try to provide support to victims, and are also engaged in efforts to prevent and/or discourage domestic violence and early marriage. However, their efforts are not coordinated and so results are spread very thin.

Ifocord Uganda therefore work with communities to prevent Gender Based violence against women and Men, Girls and boys, and we strengthen their capacities to respond to effects on individuals, families and communities in Northern and Eastern Uganda. We work with the arm of government at district and national level to disseminate relevant policies and support in case management. We empower para social workers with skills to manage case from community level and management referrals for justice to prevail.